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Couple stopped from having lockdown beach BBQ by police fined £60

Covidiot couple who moaned ‘you’ve just ruined our fricking day’ when they were stopped from having a beach barbecue by police during lockdown are fined £60

  • Police tried to move the couple on who were having a barbecue in Brighton 
  • Video shows officer filling his helmet and doused the barbecue with sea water 
  • Sussex Force has issued fixed penalty notices to them to pay a £60 fine 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A couple who breached lockdown rules by having a barbecue on Brighton beach have been fined.

Community support officers (PCSOs) approached the man and woman on April 4 as they sat beside a lit barbecue.

The oblivious pair, who were seen sitting along the coast near Hove Lawns, in Brighton, were urged by police – who were compared to ‘part-time teachers’ – to move away from the site amid the government’s social distancing measures. 

Video footage showed a row between them.  

The pair had been having a barbecue near Hove Lawns, in Brighton, when they were spotted by police officers. They were set to be summonsed to court, but the force has instead issued fixed penalty notices to them to pay a £60 fine

During the video, two officers, dressed in high-vis jackets, are seen approaching the pair sat on the beach and asking them to move, telling them: ‘You need to take your alcohol or we’ll move it swiftly away from you.’

The woman is unhappy after one officer suggests he is ‘educating’ them, saying: ‘He’s a teacher, a part-time teacher as well now.’

One officer tells the man and woman: ‘The sooner you move away from us the better day you’ll probably have. Just go and enjoy yourself somewhere else.’

The two officers urged the pair to swiftly leave the spot as the pair continued to remain seated

Frustrated with the officer’s warning, the woman replies: ‘You’ve just ruined our fricking day!’

The officers reminds the pair that they have been asking everyone on the beach to vacate the spot and adds: ‘We’re telling everybody. Look who empty the beach is.’

It ended with one of the PCSOs filling his helmet and dousing the flames of the barbecue with sea water after they allegedly refused to leave the area when asked.

The officer reminded the man and woman that they have been asking everyone on the beach to leave

The new rules were introduced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on March 23, and emergency powers were given to the police to disperse any gatherings of more than two people.

Under the Coronavirus Act legislation police have the authority to ask people about their journeys and activities, and to issue fines or make arrests if public health is being put at risk. The powers came into effect on March 26.

CONVERSATION BETWEEN POLICE AND THE COVIDIOT COUPLE

Police officer I: You need to take your alcohol or we’ll move it swiftly away from you.

Woman: I didn’t know it was…

Police officer I: I’m just educating you…

Woman: I know, you just told me. Thank you for educating me. He’s a teacher, a part-time teacher as well now.

Police officer II: The sooner you move away from us, the better a day you’ll probably have. Just go and enjoy yourself somewhere else.

Woman: You’ve just ruined our fricking day.

Police officer II: Yes, because we’re telling everyone. Look how empty the beach is.

Police said a 31-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman, both from Hove, allegedly refused to leave the beach.

They were set to be summonsed to court, but the force has instead issued fixed penalty notices to them to pay a £60 fine.

Shortly after the incident, a spokesperson from Sussex police praised the majority of the public for their co-operation.

‘While the warm weather encouraged people to get out of their homes, Sussex Police has thanked the majority who have observed the government advice and stayed local while maintaining social distancing and travel guidelines.

‘Where it has been necessary for officers to engage with them, they have been very co-operative with their requests to return home after completing their daily exercise.’

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